While Kim Min-jae and Manchester United are getting closer, Arsenal also participated in the Kim Min-jae scout.
Kim Min-jae’s먹튀검증 stock price is soaring day by day. Wearing Napoli’s uniform last summer for an amount of 18.05 million euros (approximately 25.7 billion won), he made the team’s defense wall solid without adaptation.
He became the protagonist of a new history. Thanks to Kim Min-jae’s performance, Napoli overpowered their rivals and achieved the feat of winning the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years. In addition, the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in history and decorated a beautiful season.
Numerous clubs are watching Kim Min-jae. Any club that needs reinforcement of center backs, such as Manchester United, Liverpool, and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), has been connected with Kim Min-jae at least once. A buyout of around 50 million euros (approximately 71.3 billion won) for a center back who commanded Serie A seems cheap.
The most deeply intertwined team is Manchester United. Leading Naples local media such as ‘Kiss Kiss Napoli’ and ‘Il Martino’ have already predicted that Manchester United is negotiating with Kim Min-jae and that Kim Min-jae will leave Naples this summer.
Reason enough. Manchester United have built a strong central defensive combination of Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez this season. However, when these two fell out, it failed to stabilize the rear and suffered flexion. Baran is 30 years old and his injuries are increasing, so a potential replacement is needed.
A transfer expert also predicted Kim Min-jae’s move to Manchester. Reporter Fabricio Romano, who is familiar with the European football transfer market, said, “Man Utd is really interested in Kim Min-jae. They have been in contact since November. But Man Utd can’t trigger a buyout right now,” he said. I foresaw that Kim Min-jae would be brought through the show.
The UK’s ‘The Sun’ put together all these reports and said on the 26th (Korean time), “Man United is imminent to sign Kim Min-jae. They are willing to pay a buyout of 40 million pounds (approximately 65.7 billion won) to be activated in July. There is,” said Kim Min-jae, who is the main target of manager Eric Ten Haag.
Britain’s ‘Mirror’ also commented, “Kim Min-jae is close to reaching a transfer agreement with Manchester United. Manchester United have agreed to sign a contract with Napoli defender Kim Min-jae, who left hints that he is preparing to join Old Trafford.”
Arsenal intervened here. Arsenal competed fiercely for the championship this season amidst the performances of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalyangis. However, the team began to shake from Saliba’s injury, and eventually had to give up the top to Manchester City and give up their dream of winning the championship for the first time in 19 years.
It is the intention to aim for the next season by strengthening the center back. On the 26th, England’s ‘Express’ reported that Arsenal had jumped into the recruitment of Kim Min-jae, saying, “A battle between Arsenal and Manchester United has broken out for Min-jae Kim, the ‘best centre-back’ feared by Napoli. Arsenal is considering Min-jae Kim as an ideal reinforcement.”
The central defense resource is also planned to be put up for sale. Britain’s ‘The Boot Room’ reported on the 26th, “Arsenal have chosen Kim Min-jae as a player to replace Rob Holding.” Holding has been playing for Arsenal since 2016, but is a player who has revealed his limitations due to frequent injuries and lack of starting resources.
England’s interest in Kim Min-jae is gradually rising. While the Man Utd was influential, Arsenal, another club that entered the UCL, is heating up the transfer market surrounding Kim Min-jae.